Jeremy Baum review—July 31, 2014…

JEREMY BAUM

THE EEL

FLYING YAK RECORDS

THE NEW POLLUTION–FUNKY MONKEY–THREE MORE BOTTLES–CHARLIE BAUM–DANCE WITH ME–BORRACHO–PACIFIC DRIVE–AIN’T IT FUNKY NOW–PURPLE RAIN–THE EEL

If you are a fan of different styles of music, then we have a treat for you, courtesy of the fine folks over at the Vizztone Label Group.  We bring you a review of Jeremy Baum’s “The Eel.”  Jeremy is no stranger to the spotlight, having spent six years as the keyboard man in the Shemekia Copeland band.  On “The Eel,” he puts his myriad of keyboard skills to work on an eclectic mix of soul, blues, funk, Latino and New Orleans-styled grooves that are purely irresistible, with nine instrumentals and one vocal track.  Also dropping by are several of Jeremy’s musical friends from both the NYC and Woodstock area to add color and flair to this set.

Jeremy not only has an ear for the masters of the past such as Jimmy Smith and Jack McDuff, but he keeps his finger on the pulse of contemporary sounds, too.  Check out the leadoff “The New Pollution,” a swingin’ take on the Beck hit.  “Funky Monkey” and “Ain’t It Funky Now” are both highly-danceable grooves reminiscent of James Brown and Graham Central Station.  “Borracho” is a stone slab of horn-driven Latino funk, while “Pacific Drive” is just that–a light, breezy trip up the California coast with the top down.  Both of these cuts feature the standout guitar work of seventeen-year old (!) prodigy Myles Mancuso, a young man with a brilliant future, indeed!

We had two favorites, too.  Jeremy’s acoustic piano work is straight outta N’Awlins on the set’s lone vocal cut, Chris O’Leary’s “Three More Bottles,” as he begs for his “one more last chance, baby!”  And, we dare you to try and not form a mental image of the Peanuts gang as you listen to “Charlie Baum,’ with its nods to both Guaraldi and Ramsey Lewis.

Yeah, the eel is a slippery character.  And, Jeremy Baum slides “The Eel” all over the musical map in a set that is a guaranteed good time!!  If you want something new and decidedly different, give this one a try!!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.

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